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Afrobeat Sundays keep Newtown dancing at Matlombe lounge.

It's a beautiful night in Jo'burg,  all the music lovers are out and about to see One of South Africa's finest musicians live @ Matlombe lounge.

The mood is festive as we're all anticipating the great talent to take to stage.

Afrobeat Sundays kicked off with an incredible performance from SATMA award nominee,  Sabelo Soko.  He performed one of his hit songs,  Umkhondo,  which is also the title of his album.

Serenity,  peace,  love and joy filled the atmosphere.

Then it was Noma G's turn to flourish. Noma G sizzled the audience with her soulful music .

When Urban Village took to stage,  the fans started dancing and screaming. It was like an experience from a rock concert. The Soweto based band played the audience's favourites, 1 after another. 



 Urban Village comprises Lerato Lichaba on guitar, Smanga Dlamini on bass, Tubatsi Moloi on flute and vocals and Xolani Mtshali on drums.

 Urban Village sound can be described as South African folk music layered with electric, funky acoustic melodies and a blend of traditional influences. The Urban Village music encourages and motivates, entertains, and awakens cultural and traditional consciousness. Moreover, the music content encapsulates day-to-day personal and societal experiences echoed with teachings by the elderly. 


Background.

Urban village was founded by Lerato Lichaba. Born in Mzimhlope, Orlando West Soweto, Lerato Lichaba is a self taught Guitarist who began his journey with the guitar at the age of 16 years at the historical Uncle Tom’s Hall in Orlando West. Upon completion of his matric he went on to pursue his love for music by becoming a Disc Jockey.  In 2006 he was involved in studio production and worked at Soul Candi Records as a Session Artist while studying Studio and Software Management at the Soul Candi Academy.  It was during this year that he began to take playing the guitar seriously. His distinct and unique style of playing has presented him with amazing opportunities both locally and internationally playing across a variety of genres.

Lerato is inspired by life and how people relate, moreover, how different cultures and traditions blend in the language of his music.  In music, there is no colour or creed; it is a place where all people can connect with each other.  

EVENTS PERFORMED
Sakifo Musik Festival (Reunion Islands), Oppikoppi (Northam), Zakifo Musik Festival (Durban), Guitar Giants (Maropeng), Drum Beat (Soweto), Festival Mundial (Amsterdam), Into the Great Wide Open (Holland), Poetry Addiction (Tanzania), Genste Festival (Belgium), Lake of Stars (Malawi), Etnosur Festival (Spain), Pirineous Sur (Spain) and Campus Invasion (Pretoria) to name a few.